For My Sunday Song #180, we come to our final Collective Soul song of the series, “Disciplined Breakdown”. This song is off the band’s platinum selling album called “Disciplined Breakdown”. The song wasn’t a single but didn’t need to be to easily be a favorite. The album ended up reaching #5 on Billboard album chart.
The song is about frustration and how things seem to be falling apart and he doesn’t feel it is his fault. I believe the song about the frustration the band felt in recording this album and that his normal routine had been disrupted and it is causing the process he had for writing to breakdown. Pretty straight-forward.
The song is full of heavy guitar and even bass riffs. An instantly recognizable sound. That repeat riff throughout drives the song into you consciousness and you find yourself singing that riff later. I feel that sound adds to the frustration. There is also a driving beat with maybe a little hip hop sound to it…although minor…I still feel I hear it. Ed Roland sounds great and as the song goes on he seems a little angrier with the frustration building.
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For me, this was a local band making it big. Collective Soul was from Stockbridge, GA which was just outside of Atlanta so for they were a local band since I lived just outside of Atlanta as well…only in a slightly different area. The band was Ed Roland, brother Dean Roland, Will Turpin, Ross Childress and Shane Evans. Ed Roland was the driving, creative force behind the band and still is today.
The band started selling numerous copies of their debut album ‘Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid’ without a record label’s help. I think they sold over 10,000 copies. The record companies took notice and they were snatched up pretty quickly. In 1994, Atlantic Records signed them and basically slapped their label name on the disc and put it out since the album was already made. Not a bad investment. The rest is history.
Now we are over 25 years later and the band is getting ready to release their 10th studio album and to celebrate, I thought I would rank all their albums from worst to first. And let me tell you this was really hard for me. Collective Soul is a very consistent band. They have a sound that is consistent throughout all albums. They don’t venture far from their formula and why should they. This is amazing considering they have been through 3 lead guitarists over the years, but have kept that same guitar sound.
The hard thing for me is what order as on any given day I can like one album more than the other and then back to liking another one. There isn’t a bad album in the bunch only some I like more than others. I stuck with only the Studio albums, no collections, no E.Ps and no live albums so not everything is here on this list. I hope you enjoy it and maybe discover a band you weren’t all too familiar with.
WORST – AFTERWORDS (2007)
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